Dr. Stephen Fawthrop, 69, of Floyd, VA, passed away on Tuesday May 10th, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Susan Fawthrop of Floyd, VA; son Chris (Chelsey) Fawthrop of Copper Hill, VA; children Ken (Emily) Werber of Rochester, MN and Karen Jacobson of Winston-Salem, NC; his parents, Eric and Margaret Fawthrop; sister Janet (Mick) Foster; nephews Richard (Helen), Matthew (Amy) and Adam (Coral) of Yorkshire, England; grandchildren Imogen, Sarah, and Jack, his dog Yoshi and cats Kimi and Katchi. After retiring from the private sector, he taught at Radford University in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics since 2003.
Steve, a lifelong learner, lived a full life, having traveled the world via train after finishing university, and working his way through the Mediterranean and Middle East to experience the local cultures. These adventures included living on a kibbutz in Israel and teaching mathematics at universities in Iran and England before immigrating to the United States in 1978. After teaching at Oklahoma State University for several years he entered the private sector, working for the oil, telecommunications, trucking, and health industries as a database administrator. Steve pioneered new computer driven methods for offshore drilling of oil, stabilization of fiber-optic internet networks, and restructuring the database system for clinical trials at the Mayo Clinic.
After meeting his wife in Japanese language class, they eventually moved to Floyd, VA in 2001 to be closer to where his wife grew up, where along with his family, designed and built his own solar-powered straw bale house to live a sustainable lifestyle. While teaching at Radford University, he volunteered to be a judge for the local Mountain Academic Competition Conference in the mathematics category for many years.
In his retirement Steve was able to spend more time with his friends, family, and many pets he had over the years, as well as devote more time to his hobbies of winemaking, organic gardening, growing mushrooms, studying genealogy, and playing and teaching the Asian game of Go.
In accordance with his wishes, he will be cremated, and the family will hold a private memorial. In lieu of flowers or cards, Steve would have appreciated a donation in his name to the local Floyd County (Virginia) Humane Society, or to the Best Friends animal charity, or your own local animal charity.